Adidas has long produced some of the best running shoes on the market. From the creation of Boost foam, the versatile capabilities of the Ultraboost, the performance-oriented adizero models, the cutting-edge 4D models and everything in between, the German brand known for its three stripes has made a shoe that will suit your running and we’ve rounded up those suitable for the task below.
Offering maximum levels of cushioning, the adistar is there for those who like to go long, whether slow or fast. Striking the right balance between firmness and plushness, the combination of softer foam in the forefoot and midfoot and firmer in the heel, means progression through the gait cycle becomes more controlled, which can really make a difference when fatigue sets in on those longer races.
A mainstay of the adidas running shoe line, the ultraboost has been around for a while, got a bit lost if we’re being honest, but the latest versions have gone back to the roots of running shoes and the latest version is a great one. versatile for anyone looking for a shoe to do it all; from 5k to marathon, this shoe can do it.
For those looking for carbon fiber infused PBs, you can’t go wrong with the adizero adios pro 2. Lightweight, cushioned and featuring energy rods to propel you forward, these shoes are proven in the race and are among the top performers when it comes to race day.
Continuing the race-proven trend but in a more stripped down form, the adizero Takumi Sen 8 are designed to go fast over distances from 5k to a half marathon, but also marathons if you prefer a flatter shoe with a little more ground feel than then greater the stack height of the adizero pro 2 or Prime X. The Lightening Strike foam combined with the energy uppers, along with a lightweight upper gives these shoes a precise feel and nimble, but if you’re a bigger runner or are used to walking, then you might want something with a bit more underfoot for longer runs.
Now, unless you are a professional athlete and are about to attend a major tournament. An IAAF sanctioned event, these shoes are technically illegal, but for us mere mortals, the adizero Prime X with a thick 50mm heel stack height meets all your cushioned shoe needs with adizero speed you are looking for. The stack height does take some adjusting though, there’s a lot of shoe underfoot, and some testers found it a bit unnerving to begin with.
When the SL20 was first released it was all about adidas performance at a lower price point and the SL20.3 continues that theme. For £110 you get a no-frills, lightweight and cushioned shoe that feels at home on those easy runs as well as tempo efforts.
We are convinced by the elegant, fast and versatile Terrex Speed Ultra. It is a very capable shoe on a variety of terrains, at different speeds. If you are looking for a pair of trail shoes, these deserve to be at the top of the wish list. Full review here.
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